One of the historical beauties of the world, Egypt offers a brilliant trip back in time to the land of the pharaohs. This year-round destination is rightly a favourite for history buffs. Uniquely preserved tombs and temples give a taste of Egyptian culture from thousands of years ago. But there is far more than just the past to explore on either a winter or summer holiday to Egypt. White sands and warm, clear waters are perfect for beach lovers. And a surprisingly vibrant nightlife makes Egypt a clubbing destination with a difference too.
Among Egypt’s most popular resorts is the paradise of Sharm el-Sheikh. Sun-kissed beaches make it the perfect destination to relax with the whole family. Think unwinding on a sun lounger, keeping half an eye on the chilled waters of the Red Sea. Bliss. Those who are more energetic can dive right in and try a wide range of fun water sports. Sharm el-Sheikh is a superb spot for windsurfing, kitesurfing or scuba diving.
After the sun sets and you toddle off to your hotel, there are plenty of great bars and restaurants to enjoy, so put your dancing shoes on for performances from top European DJs.
You’re also never far from an iconic historical site wherever you are based in Egypt. The Valley of the Kings, the Pyramids, the burial site of Tutankhamun, and the Sphinx will all keep you plenty busy. After the ultimate in relaxing sightseeing? Many of these can be seen from the comfort of a Nile cruise.
Those wishing to relax in Egypt will find just what they’re looking for in Sharm el-Sheikh. Whether it’s relaxing by the poolside, dipping a toe in some watersports in the Red Sea or simply basking on the beach, Sharm el-Sheikh ticks all the boxes in our opinion. Souvenir-hunters can test their haggling skills in Sharm el-Sheikh too. There are several bustling markets and malls selling leather, ceramics and traditional tourist mementos. Early-risers should head into the Sinai desert to see the jaw-dropping sunrise over the sands of Mount Sinai to feel humbled.
The ancient treasures of Egypt can be seen in gorgeous Luxor. The city is the gateway to many of Egypt’s wonders. Final resting places of the Egyptian pharaohs - including Tutankhamun - can be seen on a hike through the Valley of the Kings. Luxor is also the ideal base for putting on those sea-legs and departing on a Nile cruise.
With a wealth of underwater life, Marsa Alam is a hugely popular spot for diving enthusiasts. Visitors from across the globe are attracted to the underwater paradise beneath the clear blue waves of the Red Sea. Marsa Alam also offers picturesque beaches and a harbour. Those in search of more adventure can head out on a safari in the nearby Sahara desert.
To find the most famous of Egypt’s ancient wonders, Giza is the place to explore. Located near the Egyptian capital of Cairo, Giza is home to both the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Seeing these stunning landmarks close up is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Valley of the Kings
For more than 500 years, the pharaohs of Egypt made their final resting place in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. Today, 18 of these tombs are open to the public, with excavations constantly taking place to expand the accessible areas. We’re confident that the immaculate condition of these ancient burial grounds will leave you speechless. It’s almost as good as a time machine.
Floating down the Nile in a luxurious boat is a great way to see some of Egypt’s top attractions. Many of Egypt’s most renowned landmarks can be spotted without having to leave the river. Trips usually last between four to seven days. Gyms, restaurants and saunas are among the features of the boats. We definitely recommend dressing up for the Egyptian night dances on board!
All-year round, visitors flock to the golden sands of Egypt’s Red Sea resorts. The warm waters of Sharm el Sheikh offer inviting conditions to take scuba diving lessons or snorkel around the coral reefs. The whole family can enjoy the friendly and playful atmosphere at the resort of Hurghada.
A melting pot of cuisines can be found in the street stalls and restaurants of Egypt. You’ll find a delicious blend of Arabic, African and European influences to sample. Some of Egypt’s best food can be found in smaller cafés. Shawarma is slices of roasted lamb stuffed into freshly-baked flatbreads and accompanied by salad and tahini sauce. They’re delicious, although often a bit messy! One of the cheapest dishes is Fuul - fava (or broad) beans that can be served in several ways. Those with a sweet tooth can salivate over plenty of gooey cakes. Baklava is one of the classics: filo pastry is soaked in honey and nuts to create a mouthwatering treat.
A larger choice of dishes can be found in Egypt’s more formal restaurants. The most popular meal is a lamb kebab served with a couple of mezzes. These are salads and dips, such as hummus or tahini sauce. Along the Red Sea coast, we urge you to try the locally-caught fresh fish. Sea bream, snapper, squid and huge prawns are particularly good.
Egypt is as good for families as it is for history enthusiasts or a group of clubbers. You will never run out of things to do, with so many activities, day trips and ancient treasures to enjoy.
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